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Gift Guide--Social Justice for Kids/Teens

New books about social justice for kids and teens!

Together By Mona Damluji, Innosanto Nagara (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mona Damluji, Innosanto Nagara (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781644210840
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Published: Triangle Square - October 5th, 2021

A breathtakingly simple poem of universal experience shows us the transformative power of collective action.

"Together offers a vision of the world we want for our children, one in which all living things flourish, our communities thrive, and justice prevails.” --Ibram X. Kendi, author of Antiracist Baby


Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (First Conversations) By Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593382639
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Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - March 16th, 2021

Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.


Being You: A First Conversation About Gender (First Conversations) By Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, Anne/Andy Passchier (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593382646
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Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - August 17th, 2021

Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.


Bodies Are Cool By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112625
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - June 1st, 2021

This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.
 


Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062994547
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Published: HarperCollins - September 28th, 2021

The New York Times bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, Joanna Ho, delivers a poignant picture book biography about the musician Yo-Yo Ma, immigration, and using music to build bridges.

Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor * Featured in Book Riot’s Must Read September 2021 List


Bright Star By Yuyi Morales Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443284
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 7th, 2021

A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book
Winner of the Tomás Rivera Mexican Children’s Book Award

Inspiring, reassuring, and beautifully illustrated, this new story from the creator of the New York Times bestseller Dreamers is the perfect gift for every child.


Nina: A Story of Nina Simone By Traci N. Todd, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Traci N. Todd, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524737283
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

A 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Award Honoree!
 
This luminous, defining picture book biography illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson, tells the remarkable and inspiring story of acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.

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The 1619 Project: Born on the Water By Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson, Nikkolas Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593307359
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Published: Kokila - November 16th, 2021

The 1619 Project’s lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.


Alejandria Fights Back! / ¡La Lucha de Alejandria! By Leticia Hernández-Linares, The Rise-Home Stories Project, Robert Liu-Trujillo (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781558617049
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Published: Feminist Press - August 10th, 2021

For nine-year-old Alejandria, home isn't just the apartment she shares with Mami and her abuela, Tita, but rather the whole neighborhood. Home is the bakery where Ms. Beatrice makes yummy picos; the sidewalk where Ms. Alicia sells flowers with her little dog, Duende; and the corner store with friendly Mr. Amir.


When We Say Black Lives Matter By Maxine Beneba Clarke, Maxine Beneba Clarke (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536222388
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Published: Candlewick - September 7th, 2021

In a powerful, poetic missive, award-winning author-illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke celebrates the meaning behind the words Black Lives Matter.

Little one, when we say Black Lives Matter,
we’re saying Black people are wonderful-strong.
That we deserve to be treated with basic respect,


Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter By Shani King, Bobby C. Martin, Jr (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shani King, Bobby C. Martin, Jr (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780884488897
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - January 19th, 2021

Booklist Star

A tender and powerful affirmation that Black lives have always mattered.

Black lives matter. That message would be self-evident in a just world, but in this world and this America, all children need to hear it again and again, and not just to hear it but to feel and know it.


How to Change the World in 12 Easy Steps By Peggy Porter Tierney, Marie Letourneau (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781939100542
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Published: Tanglewood - November 9th, 2021

Kids teaching kids how to make the world happier, prettier, friendlier, kinder, safer, smarter, accepting, and loving. It’s easy!
 


Taken from the life lessons of Eva Kor, Auschwitz child survivor, this title empowers children by offering concrete, simple actions that can change reaer's own lives, their community, and even the world.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic By Lilly Workneh (Editor), CaShawn Thompson (Foreword by), Jestine Ware (Text by), Diana Odero (Text by), Sonja Thomas (Text by), Lilly Workneh (Text by), Rebel Girls (Created by) Cover Image
By Lilly Workneh (Editor), CaShawn Thompson (Foreword by), Jestine Ware (Text by), Diana Odero (Text by), Sonja Thomas (Text by), Lilly Workneh (Text by), Rebel Girls (Created by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781953424044
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Published: Rebel Girls - September 28th, 2021

The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 barrier-breaking Black women and girls who showcase the spirit of Black Girl Magic.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic, edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh with a foreword by #BlackGirlMagic originator Ca


Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch By Heidi Tyline King, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Heidi Tyline King, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101996294
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 13th, 2021

This heartfelt picture book biography illustrated by the Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes, tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an African American opera singer turned environmentalist and the legacy she preserved.


Nibi's Water Song By Sunshine Tenasco, Chief Lady Bird (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sunshine Tenasco, Chief Lady Bird (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643794822
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 12th, 2021

Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

This bright and vivacious book from two Native creators celebrates the energy, moxie, and determination of water activists of all ages.


The People Remember By Ibi Zoboi, Loveis Wise (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ibi Zoboi, Loveis Wise (Illustrator)
$19.99
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ISBN: 9780062915641
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 28th, 2021

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ibi Zoboi comes her debut picture book—a tour de force that uses the principles of Kwanzaa to talk about the history of African Americans. This lyrical, powerful tribute is sumptuously illustrated by New Yorker artist and rising star Loveis Wise.


We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623541927
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Published: Charlesbridge - April 20th, 2021

A 2022 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Book
A 2022 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here!


Your Life Matters By Chris Singleton, Taylor Barron (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Singleton, Taylor Barron (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781952239311
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Published: Bushel & Peck Books - March 9th, 2021

"Equal parts homage to Black historical and contemporary figures and a reminder of the greatness that lives within each Black child, this is a title for every collection." --School Library Journal, starred review


Right Now!: Real Kids Speaking Up for Change By Miranda Paul, Bea Jackson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Miranda Paul, Bea Jackson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358137320
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Published: Clarion Books - September 7th, 2021

A joyful, inspiring picture book that introduces readers to eleven young people from around the world who didn’t wait until they were grown to speak up about things that matter to them and change the world for the better, from an award-winning author and New York Times best-selling illustrator.

From climate activist Greta Thunberg to anti-bullyi


My Name Is Bana By Bana Alabed, Nez Riaz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bana Alabed, Nez Riaz (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534412484
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - September 21st, 2021

A poignant picture book memoir from Bana Alabed, the seven-year-old Syrian girl from Aleppo whose messages to the world have turned her into a global symbol and advocate for refugee rights.

“I just want to live without fear.”Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016

When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her fam


I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story By Martha Brockenbrough, Grace Lin, Julia Kuo (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316426923
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 23rd, 2021

An ALA Notable Book for Children
Winner of the Woodson Award


He challenged the Supreme Court on his right to be called citizen—and won
 
When American-born Wong Kim Ark returns home to San Francisco after a visit to China, he’s stopped and told he cannot enter: he isn’t American.


In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color By Aida Salazar, Alina Chau (Illustrator), Alina Chau (Compiled by) Cover Image
By Aida Salazar, Alina Chau (Illustrator), Alina Chau (Compiled by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338552874
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Published: Orchard Books - December 7th, 2021

Celebratory, triumphant, and inspiring, In the Spirit of a Dream is a tribute to American immigrants of color, written in poems and illustrated by 13 first- and second-generation immigrant artists.

In the spirit of a dream, many immigrants of color set out across continents, oceans, and borders, travelling to the United States in pursuit of opportunity.


We Move Together By Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, Eduardo Trejos (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849354042
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Published: AK Press - April 6th, 2021

Ontario Library Association Best Bets 2021 List.
Winner of the International Latino Book Awards' Best Educational Children's Picture Book in English.


We Are Water Protectors By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption
a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.


The Story of John Lewis: A Biography Book for Young Readers By Tonya Leslie Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781648766978
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Published: Rockridge Press - January 26th, 2021

Discover the life of John Lewisa story for kids ages 6 to 9 about fighting for a better world


Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter By Veronica Chambers Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780358573418
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Published: Versify - August 17th, 2021

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter is a broad and powerful exploration of the history of Black Lives Matter told through photographs, quotes, and informative text by New York Times bestselling authors Veronica Chambers and Jennifer Harlan.


Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History By Schele Williams, Tonya Engel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Schele Williams, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419748752
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

A proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestors

Your story begins in Africa. 
Your African ancestors defied the odds and survived 400 years of slavery in America and passed down an extraordinary legacy to you.


100 Ways to Make the World a Better Place: An Activity Book to Inspire Change (CitizenKid) By Karen Ng, Kirsten Liepmann, Mona Karaivanova (Illustrator) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781525308390
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Published: Kids Can Press - October 5th, 2021

This hands-on book gives children the what, the how and the why to understanding the biggest challenges in the world --- one child, and one action, at a time!

This interactive activity book shows children that they can help to make the world a better place.


Stories for Kids Who Want to Save the World By Carola Benedetto, Luciana Ciliento, Roberta Maddalena Bireau (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781644210864
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Published: Triangle Square - November 30th, 2021

Sixteen biographies of extraordinary people--ranging from Sebastião Salgado to Björk and Greta Thunberg--who came of age fighting climate change


Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) By Anastasia Higginbotham, Anastasia Higginbotham (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340403
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Published: Dottir Press - November 17th, 2020

Featuring brand-new activity pages and additional learning material, the paperback edition of Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness is a picture book about racism and racial justice, inviting white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real, and cultivate justice.


The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it, and Why? By Roxane Gay (Foreword by), Claire Saunders, Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, Minna Salami, Mik Scarlet, Hazel Songhurst, Joelle Avelino (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781782409274
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Published: Ivy Kids - October 1st, 2019

With this inspiring and brightly illustrated guide to power, learn about the different types of power, what it means to have power, and what you can do with your own power to create positive change in the world, no matter who or how old you are.

What makes you the boss of me? What makes a king a king, or a queen a queen?


Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Sonja Cherry-Paul (Adapted by), Rachelle Baker (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316167581
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

This chapter book edition of the groundbreaking #1 bestseller by luminaries Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is an essential introduction to the history of racism and antiracism in America

 
RACE. Uh-oh.


The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege By Brendan Kiely, Jason Reynolds (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Brendan Kiely, Jason Reynolds (Introduction by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534494046
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 21st, 2021

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Brendan Kiely starts a conversation with white kids about race in this “well-executed and long overdue” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) introduction to white privilege and why allyship is so vital.


This Book Is Feminist: An Intersectional Primer for Next-Gen Changemakers (Empower the Future #3) By Jamia Wilson, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jamia Wilson, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711256415
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - August 3rd, 2021

A vibrantly illustrated introduction to intersectional feminism for next-generation changemakers, this book is a must-read guide for young people seeking to understand the world around them. 

"Wilson’s optimistic view of feminism is based on the tenet of liberation for all, placing marginalized communities front and center...


Feminist AF: A Guide to Crushing Girlhood By Brittney Cooper, Chanel Craft Tanner, Susana Morris Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324005056
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Published: Norton Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2021

Hip-hop and feminism combine in this empowering guide with attitude, from best-selling author Brittney Cooper and founding members of the Crunk Feminist Collective.


Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre By Brandy Colbert Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063056664
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 5th, 2021

A searing new work of nonfiction from award-winning author Brandy Colbert about the history and legacy of one of the most deadly and destructive acts of racial violence in American history: the Tulsa Race Massacre. Winner, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.


Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution By Judith Heumann, Kristen Joiner Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780807003596
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Published: Beacon Press - June 15th, 2021

As featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp, and for readers of I Am Malala, one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her story of fighting to belong.

“If I didn’t fight, who would?”


From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement By Paula Yoo Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324002871
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Published: Norton Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

Winner of the 2021 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Finalist for the 2022 YALSA Award for Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction

An NPR Best Book of 2021

A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2021

A Time Young Adult Best Book of 2021


Art of Protest: Creating, Discovering, and Activating Art for Your Revolution By De Nichols, Various (Illustrator) Cover Image
By De Nichols, Various (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536223255
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Published: Big Picture Press - November 11th, 2021

From Keith Haring to Extinction Rebellion, the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter, what does a revolution look like? Discover the power of words and images in this thought-provoking look at protest art by highly acclaimed artivist De Nichols.


Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People By Kekla Magoon Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536214185
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Published: Candlewick - November 8th, 2021

A National Book Award Finalist
A Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book
A Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book


Disability Visibility (Adapted for Young Adults): 17 First-Person Stories for Today By Alice Wong (Editor) Cover Image
By Alice Wong (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593381670
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Published: Delacorte Press - October 26th, 2021

Disabled young people will be proud to see themselves reflected in this hopeful, compelling, and insightful essay collection, adapted for young adults from the critically acclaimed adult book, Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century that "sheds light on the experience of life as an individual with disabilities, as told by none other than authors with the


Allies: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, And Trying Again By Shakirah Bourne, Dana Alison Levy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780744039917
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Published: DK Children - September 14th, 2021

This book is for everyone. Because we can all be allies.

As an ally, you use your power—no matter how big or small—to support others. You learn, and try, and mess up, and try harder. In this collection of true stories, 17 critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors get real about being an ally, needing an ally, and showing up for friends and strangers.